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More than a thousand children and young people from Schools, Academies and Colleges from across Portsmouth have been performing a series of concerts as part of Portsmouth Music Hub's end of term season of events.

It started with more than 250 singers, dancers and musicians, aged from 11 to 18, taking to Portsmouth's Guildhall stage on Wednesday 9 March for the concert Soundsational. There was a wide range of acts on offer for the hundreds of families and members of public who filled the Guildhall. Portsmouth Music Hub's own Rock Band performed tracks from Coldplay and The Beatles, and in a tribute to David Bowie they played his legendary hit Starman. The concert came to an end with more than 150 students filling the stage for a Massed Choir performance of Bob Marley's One Love and Take That's Rule the World.

A few days later, on Thursday 17 March, more than 500 children, aged from 4 to 6, were at the Kings Theatre in Southsea for the Infant Voices concert. Singing songs about well-known fairytales, the stage was packed with colourful costumes from every character imaginable, including the Mad Hatter, Puss in Boots, the Big Bad Wolf and of course his arch rival, Little Red Riding Hood.

Portsmouth Music Hub returned to the Guildhall on Monday 21 March for the final concert of the term, Songscape. The concert was performed by more than 400 children, aged 6 to 11, and the songs were taken from the Music Hub's award-winning series of songbooks. Shark With a Heart, Moon Rock Boogie and Portsmouth By the Sea were just some of the songs performed by the children.

Sue Beckett, CEO of Portsmouth Music Hub said: "The past few weeks have been exciting, with lots of hard work, but fulfilling for all those involved. The teachers, the parents and the team at the Music Hub have worked exceptionally hard to give so many children and young people the opportunity to perform at the best venues in Portsmouth. The children have done an amazing job, and Portsmouth should be proud to know that we have such dedicated and enthusiastic young singers, dancers and musicians."